2011 POL 234 - Spring 2011 POL 234 Model United Nations...

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Unformatted text preview: Spring 2011 POL 234 Model United Nations T&R, 2:00 PM, Armstrong Hall 305 INSTRUCTOR Abdalla M. Battah Office: Morris Hall 222H Office Phone: 389-1019 E-Mail: abattah@mnsu.edu OFFICE HOURS Tuesday: 10:30-12:30 Wednesday: 12:00-6:00 Thursday: 10:30-12:30 Other times by appointment only DISABILITY STATEMENT "If you are a student with a documented disability, please see me as early in the semester as possible to discuss the necessary accommodations, and/or contact the Disability Services Office at (507) 389- 2825 (v) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY)." NOTE: Course FAQs Sheet is an important supplement to this syllabus. Read both carefully. COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES This class will be devoted to preparing students for participation in the Arrowhead Model United Nations in April. The role of the student will be that of an ambassador for a particular country sitting on one of the UN main committees during session debates. Committee assignments will be made on the first day of class. Country assignments will be delayed until we know which countries are assigned to us by the AMUNC host. LEARNING OBJECTIVES The student will be expected to: Learn facts about his/her country, including its history, governmental system, society, resources, regional politics, international alliances, conflicts, current major issues; Learn about his or her countrys past role and participation in the main committee; Learn about the UN (including its structure, purposes and principles); Learn about the major issues that were dealt with in his/her committee during the most recent UN General Assembly meeting; Write (and revise drafts of) at least two resolutions on substantive issues of concern to his/her country; Introduce and defend at least one draft resolution before MUN committee members; Understand and practice parliamentary procedures; Debate effectively to advance his/her countrys interest. TEXTBOOKS & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS This class does not have specific texts assigned. All the material we need is available on the Internet. The most significant website is www.un.org. Below I have linked within the appropriate sections pages or sub-sites of this one as well as other relevant sites. In addition, we can access via MSU Library online resources a wealth of information and database resources, including LexisNexis and JSTOR. All students are required to immediately subscribe to UN Wire. This is a great resource on current issues and best of all it is FREE. GRADI NG SCALE (1000 POINT S POSSI BLE) A =>920 A- 890 B+ 860 B 810 B- 790 C+ 760 C 720 C- 690 D+ 660 D 620 F =<617 P =>660 Battahs Guidelines Come to class on time, every time. Make sure to shut down all electronic devices during class time. (No text messaging!). You may use your personal computer in class so long it is exclusively for taking notes or other matters authorized by the instructor....
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